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Man accused of stealing oil patch explosives signs plea deal

Tyler Porter, explosives

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his western North Dakota home has signed a plea agreement with the government, according to federal court documents released Wednesday. Authorities accuse Tyler Porter, 35, of stealing more than 200 explosives from two companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch ...

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Trial scheduled for oil truck operator in North Dakota murder-for-hire case

SEATTLE – The trial of an oil truck operator charged with orchestrating the killings of two business rivals competing for work in North Dakota’s giant Bakken oil patch was slated to begin in January after the man withdrew his guilty plea, his lawyer said on Thursday. In a September plea agreement, James Henrikson admitted to an interstate murder-for-hire plot to ...

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Henrikson pleads guilty in federal court


SPOKANE, Wash.— James Henrikson, who admits to ordering the deaths of two business associates tied to the oil-field business in North Dakota, faces four decades in prison after pleading guilty. Henrikson admitted in federal court in Spokane on Friday to ordering the deaths of Kristopher Clarke and Doug Carlile. He says he employed Timothy Suckow as the hit man both ...

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Bakken crime: Watford City law enforcement center on time and under budget

To combat the growing crime rates that came along with the frantic drilling rates, regional, state and county entities have been working together, along with ICON Architectural Group, to help keep western North Dakota safe. The exponential growth of North Dakota’s oil patch has left state agencies scrambling to catch up with the population boom and the infrastructure needed to ...

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Woman pleads not guilty to human trafficking in oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Milwaukee woman accused of being part of a prostitution ring in the western North Dakota oil patch has pleaded not guilty. Authorities allege 38-year-old Rasheda Ross was involved in a commercial sex operation that advertised online and did business out of a Williston hotel. The Williston Herald reports that Ross on Thursday pleaded not guilty to ...

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